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April 24, 2024

One hundred dollars 1996 to 2017 - Price guide and values

100 dollars 1996 to 2017 banknotes - Price guide and values

The polymer $100 banknote, designed by Bruce Stewart, was issued in May 1996. It featured portraits of Dame Nellie Melba and Sir John Monash.

April 22, 2024

One cent - 1966 to 2019 - Price Guide

1 cent 1966 to 2019 - Price Guide and values

One cent Australian coins produced since 1964 by the Royal Australian Mint and it's branches, and by the Royal Mint were first released in circulation on February, 1966. The cessation of issue of one cent coins was announced on August 21, 1990. The decision was based on the loss of real purchasing power through inflation and the cost of minting these coins.

April 19, 2024

One hundred dollars 1984 to 1996 - Price guide and values

100 dollars 1984 to 1996 banknotes - Price guide and values

The discovery theme underpinned designs by Harry Williamson for the $100 note. Sir Douglas Mawson was featured on the front of the $100 note. On the back, John Tebbutt was a pioneer astronomer who helped to lay the foundations for Australia's involvement in astronomy with the discovery of major comets.

April 17, 2024

Sovereign - 1888 to 1931 - Price Guide

Sovereign 1888 to 1931 - Price Guide and values

As the advancing years crept up on Queen Victoria, her portrait was updated a couple times. From 1894, the shield reverse half sovereign was dropped in favour of the St. George design. Edward VII's short reign saw an abundance of gold sovereigns from all three mints. The designer of the George V Australian silver and bronze issues, Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, was selected to produce the obverse design for the George V sovereign.

April 16, 2024

Fifty dollars 2018 to 2023 - Price guide and values

50 dollars 2018 to 2023 banknotes - Price guide and values

The $50 banknote retains the portraits of two of Australia's social and political pioneers - David Unaipon and Edith Cowan, who were both featured on the previous banknotes.

April 15, 2024

1 dollar 2003 - Women's Suffrage

1 dollar 2003 - Women's Suffrage

The design for the $1 coin is based on a representation of the Dora Meeson suffrage banner Commonwealth of Australia: Trust the Women Mother As I Have Done, which is on display in Parliament House. The Banner was carried at the head of the Australian and New Zealand contingent of women suffragists in the Women's Suffrage Coronation Procession in London in 1911 and is widely recognized as a celebration of women's suffrage in Australia.

April 13, 2024

Australian Gold Sovereign - 1855 to 1887 - Price Guide

Sovereign 1855 to 1887 - Price Guide and values

By the mid-1850's the Government decided that it was about time that an official mint should be set up to convert the plentiful gold stocks into coins of the realm. The first Sydney Mint sovereigns were unique in the history of the British Empire. In a situation which has not been repeated since, the coins carried a design which was completely different from that of the standard British issue.

April 12, 2024

Fifty dollars 1995 to 2017 - Price guide and values

50 dollars 1995 to 2017 banknotes - Price guide and values

The $50 banknote, designed by Brian Sadgrove, was issued in October 1995 bearing the portraits of David Unaipon and Edith Cowan.

April 10, 2024

1 dollar 2008 - Centenary of Scouting

1 dollar 2008 - Centenary of Scouting

On February 22, 2008, Senator Nick Sherry, Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Law, joined with former Governor-General William Deane, National President of Scouts Australia and Mr John Ravenhall, Chief Commissioner of Scouts Australia launched a new 1-dollar coin to mark the centenary of scouting in Australia.

April 9, 2024

Half-Sovereign 1888 to 1918 - Price Guide and values

Half-Sovereign 1888 to 1918 - Price Guide and values

Edward VII's short reign saw an abundance of gold sovereigns and half sovereigns from all three mints. The bald-headed likeness was the work of George William de Saules, who also designed the obverse of the first Australian coins of 1910. The designer of the George V Australian silver and bronze issues, Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, was selected to produce the obverse design for the George V sovereign and half sovereign coins. Officially half sovereigns were last struck in 1920, but the rare 1918 issue is the last date known. This is also true of the last years of the sovereign. It is thought that, although minted, many of these coins were not released and were later melted down.

April 8, 2024

Fifty dollars 1973 to 1995 - Price guide and values

50 dollars 1973 to 1995 banknotes - Price guide and values

The $50 and $100 banknotes were the first higher-denomination notes on issue for many years. The front of this $50 banknote, designed by Gordon Andrews, depicted laboratory research and academic life with a portrait of Lord Howard Walter Florey. The back of the $50 banknote symbolised research into the environment and outer space with a portrait of Sir Ian Clunies Ross.

April 6, 2024

Half-Sovereign 1855 to 1887 - Price Guide

Half-Sovereign - 1855 to 1887 - Price Guide and values

Although mintage figures seem high in some years, these coins are scarce especially in better grade. This situation was made worse by the short run of Sydney Mint gold coins. Production of the half sovereigns halted in 1866 and the British Treasury revoked its approval to mint any further Sydney Mint coins in 1871.

April 6, 2024

Twenty dollars 2019 and 2023 - Price guide and values

20 dollars 2019 and 2023 banknotes - Price guide and values

The $20 banknote celebrates the contributions of Mary Reibey and Reverend John Flynn. In keeping with theme established by the new banknote series, the new $20 banknote features a different species of native Australia wattle and a native Australian bird - the Laughing Kookaburra.

April 4, 2024

Errors, varieties and mis-strikes of Australian coins

Pictures of errors, varieties and mis-strikes added

Australian coins contains many errors, varieties and mis-strikes. Sometimes, it increases the value of the coin with one of the type below. These errors, varieties and mis-strikes are caused by several factors durant the production process. Through images and descriptions in the section, it allows you to identify and classify several types of errors, varieties and mis-strikes.

April 3, 2024

Crown - 1937 to 1938 - Price Guide

Crown 1937 and 1938 - Price Guide and values

The 1937 crown was especially struck to commemorate the coronation of George VI. It's colloquial or slang name, 'Casey's Cartwheel', was an irreverent dig at the Treasurer of the time, R.G Casey, who proposed the coin. The short history of the Australian crown is a sad and confusing one. Sad, because it was so unpopular. Confusing, because it was originally designed as a one-off commemorative but lost it's significance when issued again in 1938.

April 2, 2024

Twenty dollars 1994 to 2018 - Price guide and values

20 dollars 1994 to 2018 banknotes - Price guide and values

There were various designs for the $20 banknote before a final decision was made. The $20 banknote, designed by Garry Emery, came out in October 1994. Mary Reibey featured on one side of the note and the other side carried a portrait of Reverend John Flynn.

March 29, 2024

Florin - 1953 to 1963 - Price Guide

Florin 1953 to 1963 - Price Guide and values

In 1954, the Mint decided to produce a new (and last) commemorative Florin for the first visit of the Queen Elizabeth II in Australia. In 1955, no florin was produced.

March 27, 2024

Year of the Outback - 50 cents and 1 dollar 2002

Year of the Outback - 50 cents and 1 dollar 2002

Two coins specifically commemorate the Outback theme. The $1 coin depicts the official Year of the Outback logo, whilst the 50c coin design features the wanes of a windmill. The coins were also produced for circulation.

March 26, 2024

Twenty dollars 1966 to 1993 - Price guide and values

20 dollars 1966 to 1993 banknotes - Price guide and values

The new $1, $2, $10 and $20 banknotes were issued on 14 February 1966. Charles Kingsford Smith and Lawrence Hargrave appeared on the $20 note. They symbolised Australia's significant contribution to aviation and aeronautics.

March 25, 2024

Ten dollars 2017 to 2023 - Price guide and values

10 dollars 2017 to 2023 banknotes - Price guide and values

The design of the new $10 banknote celebrates Australia's literary heritage. The $10 banknote retains the portraits of two of Australia's most celebrated writers - Dame Mary Gilmore and Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson who were both featured on the previous banknotes. The two portraits derive from drawings based on original photographs.

March 23, 2024

Florin - 1938 to 1952 - Price Guide

Florin 1938 to 1952 - Price Guide and values

San Francisco assisted the Melbourne Mint between 1942 and 1944 to produce Florins. In 1951, a commemorative reverse was produce to commemorate the 50th year of Federation. From 1948 to 1950, no florin was produced.

March 21, 2024

1 dollar 2001 - International Year of the Volunteers

1 dollar 2001 - International Year of the Volunteers

To celebrate the International Year of the Volunteers, the Federal Government has authorised the release of a $1 circulating coin featuring the Logo of the International Year.

March 20, 2024

Die clash possibilities on Australian coins

Die clash possibilities on Australian coins - 10 cents added

Die clashes are marks on the dies by their clashing. Die clashes occurs when the press is active and that there are no blanks between them. After the clash, all coins minted with this same die will present these marks. To help you to identify die clash on Australian coins.

March 19, 2024

Florin - 1910 to 1936 - Price Guide

Florin 1910 to 1936 - Price Guide and values

From 1910 to 1915, all Florins were struck in England with the Melbourne Mint producing all issues from 1916 to 1919. During this period the London issues carry no mintmark while the Birmingham ones carry a H for Heaton and the Melbourne issues the M mintmark. In 1920, 1929 and 1930, no florin was produced.

March 18, 2024

Ten dollars 1993 to 2016 - Price guide and values

10 dollars 1993 to 2016 banknotes - Price guide and values

These were early designs of the $10 banknote featuring Banjo Paterson and Dame Mary Gilmore. The $10 banknote, designed by Max Robinson, was issued in November 1993. The 'Waltzing Matilda' logo which appears on the $10 note was reproduced from the cover of the sheet music, first published in 1902.

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